Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day


So I try to make Mother's Day kind of special around here. I do my best to give Steph a break in her motherly duties, which usually consists of making some omelettes in the morning, trying to get the kids ready for church, and then taking the family to Olive Garden for dinner. I know, I know – Olive Garden. It's a sort of tradition that developed about four years ago, and frankly I'm as confused as you are. Anyway, my best isn't usually good enough and Steph still ends up doing the lion's share of work, so overall it's a pretty weak Mother's Day.

This year I worked a little harder and made the first Nibley family music video, which you can see below. It all started from the simple thought of putting together some sort of Mother's Day performance with the girls for Steph, and it grew from there. One Friday morning about three months ago, I told Steph I had to take the girls "somewhere" to do "something". And their hair needed to be cute. Steph was leery, but complied. I smuggled some nice formal-ish dresses and shoes out to the back of the car the night before. We showed up at the studio and shot for about an hour and a half. The girls were real troupers – especially Andie, who was sick. And I couldn't have done it without Alex – she really helped wrangle the younger ones.

So over the next few weeks I worked on editing all that footage down to a three-minute video whenever I had some spare time. Finally finished at about 3:30 am last night. Whew! But we had a blast, and I think the results were worth it. I'm biased, though. ;-)

I have to thank John Farr and Howard Little at Creative Media Group in Orem for providing the studio, camera, and expert camera operation. These guys are old friends of mine, and they should know that the desired effect was achieved. Steph absolutely loved it! Thanks, guys. And thanks to my "good friend" Michael Bublé for the music.

I guess the point of the whole thing was to let Steph know how much we love her, appreciate her, and how essential she is to our lives. I can't imagine living this life without her, and I know our girls are a direct product of her love, caring, and complete dedication as a mother, and they love her with every molecule of their little bodies. We love you Mom/Steph! Happy Mother's Day!

Dave

BTW, if you want to see a bigger, higher-quality version of this video, click here.


15 comments:

Mandee said...

seriously... I wanted to cry. So sweet. So thoughtful. So precious. Good job Dave and girls!

katie riggs said...

Oh. My. Gosh. This is NOT normal!!! Dave, you are precious!! Thanks for loving my sis so much!!! ....So incredible!!
xoxox

Abby said...

That is the best video EVER! So cute!

Marianne said...

Oh Steph you are such a good mom!!! Dave you are the best!! What a fun video!!

Jess said...

WOW! Fantastic! And great song pick. Way to go, Dave!

anne said...

That is about the cutest most clever thing I have ever seen. Way to be Dave!

The Wilkins' said...

Oh my heck, so cute! Your girls are darling! Happy Mother's Day!

Krista said...

I made my way to your blog through a series of clicks and just couldn't leave without saying how absolutely precious that video was. What a wonderful mother's day gift! :) Thanks for sharing.

Heather's Blog said...

I was listening to Jeron, while he's on the phone, tell his friend about your video. You're putting these guys to shame. That's awesome! Dave, what great treasures all your girls will have because of you!

Emily said...

Wow--I am speechless! Shane would NEVER!!! What a great guy you have!! Dave is so talented! I love it!! What an awesome Mothers Day gift. That will be one you'll cherish FOREVER!!

Jenny B said...

Steph!

What a precious and priceless gift Dave did!! I just love their music video! Dave's a hottie! ;-) Your girls are so cute and it's so fun to see them w/ some of the same mannerisms as you, especially Alex! (Wow! Her hair's gotten long!)

Send the video to Oprah and maybe they'll have him on for Father's Day as one of the most thoughtful husbands!

Lots of Love, Jenny xoxo

P.S. Keep it on your blog for a long time, "k'? I want to show everyone. :-)

Katie D. said...

Seriously, I DID cry. So, so precious! What an amazing present for you! Good job, Dave!

Emily Ruth said...

Stephanie,
I don't know if you'll remember me--the little rugrat that liked to hang out at your house and tagged along with Aimee. She showed me your blog and I just had to tell you what a beautiful family you have. Happy late Mother's Day!
Emily (Moody) Childers

Kim said...

Seriously...so amazing! Love it! How fun to have and remember all these fun times as your family gets older. Way to go Dave!

Nick and Melanie Munns said...

That was precious, you are an amazing mom!!! Dave, you are awesome for doing that, what a fun video to treasure!